Help me improve lung cancer outcomes!
I am excited to be participating in my first Lung Cancer Research Foundation event: the 2021 Free to Breathe Walk in my city (BOSTON!) and raising funds to increase the odds of surviving lung cancer.
Why is this event so important to me?
There's the obvious answer:
Lung cancer causes more deaths than prostate, breast, and pancreatic cancer COMBINED - yet receives less funding than them all.
But then there's the more personal answer:
I'll be wearing light blue on walk day, in memory of my late husband, Rob. Rob and I met in college at 19 years old. Two years later he was diagnosed stage IV sarcoma. It wasn't lung cancer, but the journey was similar. After 6 years of treatment, Rob tragically lost his battle on his 28th birthday, October 13th, 2013. But his fight still matters. Rob had a high expression of PD-L1 on his tumors, so at one point he participated in a phase I PD-L1 immunotherapy clinical trial for non-small cell lung cancer (another cancer that typically expresses PD-L1). This was back in 2012, before these types of treatments were FDA approved. Today, almost a decade later, there are several FDA approved treatments that target PD-L1 for lung cancer patients - something that wouldn't be possible without patients like Rob participating in clinical trials. It couldn't save him, but he helped to save countless others. Clinical trials and research can SAVE LIVES, and one day, bring an end to cancer.
Your donation helps fund lifesaving lung cancer research and education programs focused on making surviving lung cancer the expectation, not the exception. You have the power to give families hope when a loved one is facing a lung cancer diagnosis.
Thank you in advance for your support and generosity. Together, we can make a difference for each and every person whose life has been touched by lung cancer.
P.S. Join me on event day, and make your own fundraising page!
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